Everyone has heard of 'Race for Life', the women-only event helping raise money for Cancer Research UK. Now there is 'Balls to Cancer', the men-only event helping raise money for Testicular Cancer Awareness and Research.
On Sunday 20th May, Coventry City's Sky Blues in the Community and Coventry City Council are working together to host a Balls to Cancer Charity Run for males only at the Ricoh Arena.
The aim of the 'Man Mile' is to encourage as many males as possible from in and around Coventry to participate in a mile fun run, raising money for the 'Balls to Cancer' charity to help in the fight against testicular cancer.
The day consists of a series of one mile runs for all ages and fitness abilities around the pitch at the Ricoh Arena, with all participants being encouraged to wear a football kit during their run.
Around 2,090 men in the UK are diagnosed with testicular cancer every year; most commonly affecting men aged 15-44. Testicular Cancer incidence is rising and has doubled in Britain since the mid-1970's.
The 'Man Mile' is part of Sky Blues in the Community's InForm project, which aims to provide physical activity and health awareness for adult men in Coventry. InForm is funded by the Pfizer UK Foundation and sees free weekly football sessions taking place at venues across the city, with informal workshops delivered to promote an awareness of healthy living and health conditions that specifically affect men.
Sky Blues Head of Community David Busst said: "We are really excited about the Man Mile, as it is the first time we have done anything like this.
"The event is going to be great fun, but there is a serious side to this as well, which is to promote an awareness of testicular cancer, which is something that is affecting an increasing number of young men.
"The wider InForm project also tries to address some of the health inequalities that exist within our community and encourage men to learn about, and take an interest in their health."
For more information or to sign up for a run please contact Sky Blues in the Community on 02476 786313. You can also text 07891065449 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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